Mr. Wise Guy is a 1942 American film and the eighth starring The East Side Kids and produced by Sam Katzman for Monogram Pictures.
For some reason, Sunshine Sammy Morrison does not appear in the billing or advertising, but he's definitely in the film as the familiar character of Scruno, at one point making an attractive appearance in a bathing suit.
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This Eastside Kids entry from early 1942 plays alternately for laughs and serious melodrama and wins in the complete 70 minute version of this film with superior picture and sound quality. The casting alone will tell you it's going to be funny with comedic actors Billy Gilbert, "Big Boy" Williams, and Warren Hymer cast as hapless crooks and Benny Rubin also in the cast.
With three script writers, it couldn't be tighter and punched up as well. Since it's aimed at a juvenile audience and also under the eyes of the Hayes Office at the time, it's no "Short Eyes", if you get my drift.
Ann Doran, a long time character actress, shines in a good role opposite Billy Gilbert in a set comedy piece that runs to several minutes. A lot of billed and unbilled faces that you may know including Douglas Fowley, Jack Mulhall and Joan Barclay do good work here in support. Co-Producer Jack Dietz makes a cameo appearance as a clumsy baker early in the film too. It's all enjoyable fun. One of the better entries in the series. Highly recommended. Enjoy.